It’s well known, the hardest thing is to start. This adage applies perfectly to the writing of a CV. That’s why Cadremploi offers you a method to get started in redesigning your resume. Ready ?
1 – Start from a blank sheet
“We always start from scratch, ” says Philippe Hemmerlé, the managing director of the CV consulting firm, CVFirst. For him, it’s the only technique that’s worth it. “If you start from an old resume, you will have old experiences that are hard to come by, but to redo your CV is to mourn your old experiences, ” he says. And, “if you start from a resume model, you will consciously or not seek to fit in the mold and put items aside when they could have been useful. But the purpose of a resume is to show that you are unique . ” Resume templates should not hinder you so, but inspire you.
2 – Find the title of your CV
Before your sheet, no anxiety. “The first question to ask yourself is: what is the latest job I am aiming for? “Says Philippe Hemmerlé. This allows you to find the title of your resume. If you answer an ad, go back to the title. If it is a spontaneous application, do not try to rake too wide , choose a specific job title. “Because the approach, when you write a resume, is really to have a clear idea of the goal and the job,” warns the specialist.
3 – Write the list of your experiences
Then, “ask yourself what are your qualifications for this position and what are the experiences that attest,” says Philippe Hemmerlé. This information will constitute your Professional Experience section. Warning: it is not worth while to put everything in it. “I’m going to include some old experiences as a reminder, as long as they took me where I am today, but I’m not going to dwell on them,” says the CV expert. “The bottom line is that when I look at my path, the first thing that needs to happen is evolution. Not necessarily taking the lead but progress and highlighting my success. For each experience, you can give numbers, proof of your success. For example: the turnover generated, the number of people supervised, etc.
4 – Attack the writing of your CV
“We will start with his name, his name and his coordinates,” recalls Philippe Hemmerlé. Then comes the title, then the headings. “There are the inevitable: course and training, says the specialist. Resumes are still formatted, but less and less . As long as the title, the Professional and Training sections are there, you can then adjust according to your wishes. By adding a References section , for example, if you have very good recommendations that are particularly relevant to the position. Do not hesitate to drag an Interests section into your CV, if it proves useful qualities for the position.
5 – The formatting
As far as formatting is concerned, unless you are a communication professional, visual overload and baroque fonts should be avoided . “The trend is soft design,” says Philippe Hemmerlé. A minimalism of the CV, somehow. In addition, a CV too busy is suspicious in the eyes of recruiters. “If I have many forms in my resume, graphics, visuals, lists of skills, for example, I will always have the impression that the candidate seeks to embellish his career or his qualities,” said Philippe Hemmerlé CV First, which corrects each week the CV of a user for Cadremploi .
6 – Test and adjust
Like Rome, your resume will not happen one day. ” A CV is written by successive optimizations , confirms Philippe Hemmerlé. Very often, it will be necessary to proceed by adjustment. In other words: if your freshly resumed resume is not successful despite the relevance between your career and the positions, question yourself and change it. “In the first job interviews, you will also understand the elements that are poorly understood in your resume,” warns the advisor. For example, you have put forward a result that you are particularly proud of and you are told that there is not necessarily anything, you just have to delete it.